Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Southern California" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - January 24, 2012 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in the Southern California" award.

Each day, the Lead411 research team scours through 600+ press releases and business articles including venture capital fundings, company launches, new office openings, customer press releases, etc. This information has given insight to which are the fastest growing companies in the U.S. Their "Hottest Companies" awards have been created to recognize these fast growing companies in different geographic regions. This particular list originally started with over 1800 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 57.

"This is our 3rd Annual Southern California award. We are pleased with the recognition the Award has received over the past few years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we are very proud of the respected list of companies for the 2012 winners."

How the Winners were Chosen
First, all companies must be in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, Hardware, or Media industry and be a privately held organization, and be within Southern California. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $3M in funding in the past 2 years;

About Lead411

Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives. Founded in 2001, its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible. In addition, Lead411 tracks company news in order to alert its customers about venture financing, new hires, hiring plans, etc. Customers include Gartner, Administaff and ADP.

OpenX Technologies Inc
OpenX is the world's leading independent ad server for web publishers. Building on the strength of our open source heritage, we offer our community of publishers comprehensive, customizable and free to use ad serving technology. The company received $20M in financing led by SAP Ventures in May of 2011.

Nirvanix, Inc
Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services. The company offers cloud storage solutions designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy levels. Enterprise requirements are such that you can't have any scheduled or unscheduled downtime. Nirvanix got a hold of $10M in financing led by Mission Ventures in November of 2011.

Cooking.com sells more than 90,000 kitchen products, all backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. In addition to being a store, the site has a large collection of recipes and community features. Cooking.com also operates online stores for many big brands including Starbucks (starbucksstore.com), Betty Crocker (bettycrockerstore.com), Pillsbury (pillsburystore.com) and the store for the Food Network. The company received $13.5M in financing led by BIA Digital Partners II LP in December of 2011.

SolarFlare Communications, Inc
SolarFlare Communications, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company dedicated to becoming the leading provider of innovative solutions for network and system connectivity at the furthest limits.SolarFlare's products redefine the speed and distance capabilities of widely installed and new types of low-cost physical media, enabling significant new markets while allowing existing networks to migrate to higher speeds without costly infrastructure upgrades. SolarFlare landed $10M in financing in the past two years.

EdgeCast Networks Inc
EdgeCast Networks, Inc. offers a superior, cost-effective, global content delivery service that gives our customers competitive advantage in the delivery of digital media. Our world-class content delivery platform provides customers the cost benefits and flexibility of controlling their own content delivery network while liberating them from bandwidth contracts, capital investments and operational hassles. EdgeCast Networks landed $10M in financing from Menlo Ventures in April of 2010.

SocialVibe Inc
SocialVibe is a digital advertising technology company that powers engagement advertising for some of the world’s top brands. The company's rich media engagement ads guarantee active consumer attention to a brand's message across premium sites like Zynga games, Causes.com and Pandora. SocialVibe enables advertisers to engage with consumers at a time when they are most motivated to participate in brand experiences. The company, based in West Los Angeles, landed $20M in financing from Norwest Venture Partners in March of 2011.

Slacker, Inc
Slacker has the most personalized content of any radio service. We combine the knowledge of the nation's leading music experts from every genre and your own personal taste to create perfect radio stations. You can listen to custom music, news, sports, and comedy stations for free, while subscribers have on-demand access to specific songs, albums and playlists. With Slacker, you can personalize your content and listen everywhere. Slacker has raised $3M in venture money in February of 2011.

Think Passenger, Inc.
Passenger® enables brands and customers to collaborate within the social context of a private online community – on demand. Passenger combines leading-edge social networking, community building, and collaboration technologies into a single, intuitive and scalable platform. The company received $7.5M in financing from Shelter Capital Partners in October 2010.

The Rubicon Project
the Rubicon Project launched in 2007 with a mission to automate buying and selling across the $80 billion global online advertising industry. REVV, the company's real-time trading platform, has executed nearly two trillion trades for more than 450 of the largest properties on the Internet. REVV helps Comscore 500 publishers like Time Inc., Guardian and CareerBuilder make more money by optimizing their ad revenue, eliminating unnecessary ad operations costs, protecting and growing their direct sales channel and ensuring their sites' visitors are safe. The company received $18M in financing led by Clearstone Venture Partners in November of 2011.

RightScale LLC
RightScale cloud management enables organizations to easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private, and hybrid clouds. RightScale provides efficient configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. Since 2006, millions of servers have been launched with the RightScale solution by leading enterprises including the Associated Press, CBS Interactive, Intercontinental Hotels Group, PBS, and Zynga. RightScale received $25M in venture money led by Tenaya Capital in September 2010.

GumGum Inc
GumGum is the world's largest in-image ad platform and a Quantcast Top 20 Network, reaching 120 million unique visitors and serving billions of in-image ads per month. GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content. GumGum has raised $7M in venture funding led by New Enterprise Associates in October of 2011.

Awarepoint Corporation
Awarepoint is the leader in providing workflow automation and tracking solutions to the acute care hospital marketplace. Real-time Location System (RTLS) solutions have quickly become must-have tools for hospitals tackling asset management, compliance, and efficient patient throughput challenges. Awarepoint received $27M in financing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in August of 2011.

uSamp (uSamp.com), the Answer Network, is a premier provider of technology and survey respondents used to obtain consumer and business insights. uSamp's solutions and SaaS platform transforms the way companies gain intelligence to make better, faster decisions about their products and services by tapping into uSamp's 6.5 million global panel of survey respondents. The company landed $10.3M in venture funding led by OpenView Venture Partners in June of 2010.

Campus Explorer
CampusExplorer.com is the place to begin that great adventure. We have compiled everything you need for a college search, right here in one site. We even have direct partnerships with schools to put you in touch with admissions officers. CampusExplorer.com got a hold of $5M in funding from Vicente Capital Partners in January of 2011.

Interactive Video Technologies, Inc
MediaPlatform® delivers best-in-class webcasting and media management technology to global enterprises and digital media producers. MediaPlatform’s webcasting software enables high-impact presentations for lead generation, corporate communications and training. The company got a hold of $5.5M in financing from Syncom Venture Partners in February of 2010.

Fulcrum Microsystems Inc
Fulcrum Microsystems is applying a patented clockless design methodology to deliver semiconductors that are differentiated from traditional clocked chips by their higher performance and improved power efficiency.Building on research conducted at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) by the company's founding team, Fulcrum has developed the industry’s first high-performance clockless semiconductor design methodology. The company received $15M in financing in March 2010.

Fetch Technologies
For years, Fetch Technologies has led the way in delivering transformative, technology-based solutions that make information immediately actionable. Fetch enables organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, to access, aggregate, and use real-time Web data. Fetch’s technology is tailored to fit each customer’s needs. The company received $4.6M in funding in February of 2011.

Kyriba Corporation
Kyriba is the global leader in Cloud-based (Software-as-a-Service - SaaS) Treasury and Payment automation solutions. With Kyriba's first-in-class solution, our clients... optimize their decision-making through superior liquidity visibility; minimize risks, through enhanced control and compliance; and Maximize productivity, through streamlined cash and payment management. Kyriba got a hold of $10.6M in financing from Iris Capital in October of 2010.

Kareo was founded by our CEO, Dan Rodrigues, in 2004 with a vision of simplifying medical offices with web-based medical billing software that replaces the expensive and complex medical billing and practice management systems doctors have today. Kareo has since created the most user-friendly, easy-to-buy, and easy-to-setup software on the market offering immediate benefits with reduced risks and costs. Kareo has raised $10M in venture money led by OpenView Venture Partners in October of 2011.

Imagine Communications
Founded in 2005, Imagine Communications is a leading innovator in digital video solutions, enabling content providers and system operators to deliver bandwidth-intensive services with optimum video quality and Quality of Experience (QoE). Imagine’s products serve the digital broadcast markets as well as emerging PersonalizedTV® applications such as TV Anywhere, Network PVR (nPVR), Internet/Mobile Video and IPTV. The company received $10M in financing led by Court Square Ventures in April of 2010.

SecureAuth Corporation, formerly MultiFactor Corporation was founded in October 2005 with a mission to help customers establish secure, simple access to every application over the Internet and via VPNs to conduct business. Today, our mission remains the same, but our reach has expanded to include mobile platforms and emerging cloud computing. The company landed $3M in financing from Northland Capital Markets in June of 2010.

(mt) Media Temple Inc
(mt) Media Temple is a web hosting and cloud services provider headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Since 1998, we have provided businesses and consumers around the world with professional-class service to host websites, applications, virtual servers, email, and other rich Internet content. Our infrastructure serves approximately 100,000 customers and over 1 million websites in top-tier datacenters on the east and west coasts of the United States. Media Temple landed $15M in funding from Triangle Capital Corporation in April of 2010.

Verve Wireless, Inc
Verve monetizes local mobile media. Our solutions help local media companies monetize their mobile inventory and enable advertisers to reach a valuable, premium audience where they live, work and play. Over 1000 local publishers use the Verve platform to manage their mobile advertising businesses and help make their sales teams more effective. Verve received $7M in funding from BlueRun Ventures in September of 2010.

CrowdGather, Inc
CrowdGather is one of the leading networks of community forums, reaching millions of passionate users each month. The heart of CrowdGather is the richness of content created by our highly engaged audience of technology, gaming and lifestyle enthusiasts. CrowdGather landed $7.85M in funding from Rodman & Renshaw LLC in March of 2011.

Avaak Inc
Avaak, Inc., the industry leader in easy-to-use, wire-free video networking technology created the VueZone personal video network, a unique remote video monitoring system that makes keeping track of what’s most important to you quick and easy! Using Avaak’s patented technologies, VueZone allows you to create your own network of small battery-powered cameras, place them anywhere throughout your home or business, and view them all through a single interface on your smartphone, PC or Mac. The company received $10M in venture funding from Qualcomm Incorporated in March 2010.

Zumbox Inc
Zumbox provides the first all-digital postal system that is free for qualified senders of regular mail, such as billers, governments and community organizations. Zumbox delivers mail electronically based on the same street addresses as traditional physical postal systems and enables consumers to easily access their mail from anywhere at anytime via the Internet, with no need for an intermediary to sort, scan or forward paper mail. Zumbox got a hold of $9.7M in financing in December of 2010.

Based in San Diego, Calif., ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) is the first and only company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system that uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy-back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit. ecoATM raised $2.6M in funding in 2010 and then raised another $11.8M in January 2011 for a 453% year-on-year growth in fund-raising.

Providea Conferencing, LLC
Headquartered in Camarillo, CA with offices nationwide and internationally in the United Kingdom, Providea Conferencing offers a full suite of telepresence and HD video conferencing solutions, along with comprehensive system and network design consultation and world-class support. The has increased revenues by 109% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $49.9M in 2010.

PixelFish Inc
PixelFish is a Software-as-a-Service provider delivering video marketing and advertising solutions that connect businesses to customers. PixelFish operates dual brands to best satisfy the unique video needs of all sized businesses. PixelFish Studios works with high profile, national brands, while CitySquares services local businesses with affordable and effective video marketing and advertising products. The company got a hold of $4M in financing from Bullpen Capital in July of 2011.

UberMedia, Inc
UberMedia is the leading independent developer of applications and web-based services that make it easier for users to find, follow and communicate with others on Twitter and other social media platforms. The company is focused on driving innovation in user experiences across a range of online and mobile platforms. UberMedia has raised $5.6M in financing from Burda Digital in June of 2011.

MyCorporation is a leading provider of online document filing services for clients who wish to form a corporation or limited liability company. For nearly ten years, MyCorporation has helped small business clients and real estate investors incorporate their businesses in a reliable and affordable manner. The company grew revenues by 112% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $7M in 2010.

Alteryx is dedicated to creating business intelligence (BI) technology that lets users easily invent smart and extensible software applications to solve data analysis problems and make decisions. We seek to inspire ingenuity in our customers and associates by bringing freedom, flexibility and creativity to insightful data management tools. Alteryx received $6M in venture funding from SAP Ventures Fund I in April of 2011.

Ortiva Wireless
Ortiva Wireless offers the industry's most advanced commercial solutions for proactive management of mobile video, allowing service providers to dramatically improve control, quality, and efficiency of rich media content delivery. Ortiva Wireless got a hold of $8M in financing from Intel Capital in November of 2010.

Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our community. Digg got a hold of $5M in financing in July of 2011.

KidZui is the leading developer of award-winning Internet browsers for kids. With the KidZui browser, children can have a blast, feed their curiosity, and gain a sense of independence while parents relax knowing their children are safe online. Founded in 2006, KidZui’s community has grown to over a million kids and parents, with tens of thousands of new users downloading the free Internet browser each month. KidZui got a hold of $4M in financing from Mission Ventures in March of 2010.

Image Metrics
Image Metrics has pioneered the field of 3D facial animation over the past ten years through its revolutionary technologies. The company provides complete solutions for the interactive entertainment, film, television, and commercial markets, and through its consumer products, enables Internet users to create new immersive experiences in games and social networks. Image Metrics has raised $8M in venture money in March of 2010.

RingRevenue Inc
RingRevenue improves every marketing campaign with better quality leads, higher conversions and increased ROI. By tapping the power of the phone, RingRevenue's patent-pending call performance marketing platform captures and converts more high-value customers. RingRevenue landed $4M in financing led by GRP Partners in December of 2010.

Based in San Diego, Qualcomm Ventures backed Zeebo Inc. is currently working on a next generation Android-based platform for launch in 2012. The company is focused on the vast opportunity to bring interactive education to emerging markets around the world. Near-term operations and business interests are centered on India via a joint venture with Educomp and Lakshya Digital. Zeebo got a hold of $17M in funding in August of 2011.

Reprints Desk, Inc.
Reprints Desk is a business software and information services company that simplifies how individuals and research-intensive organizations procure, manage and share journal articles and other copyright-protected content. The company's content workflow and compliance solutions help customers effectively use peer-reviewed literature in research, regulatory submissions, education and product promotions. Reprints Desk grew revenues by 118% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $22M in 2010.

Masterimage 3D, LLC
MASTERIMAGE 3D, LLC is the fastest growing 3D delivery solution provider in the world. With 3D applications for Cinemas, LCD’s and Cell Phones, MASTERIMAGE 3D’s innovative 3D display products deliver a realistic and immersive stereoscopic experience for its users. MASTERIMAGE 3D got a hold of $15M in funding from Samsung Ventures in March of 2011.

MeLLmo, Inc.
MeLLmo, Inc. is reinventing the mobile business application to improve the productivity and decision-making of on-the-go, always-on workers. The company's flagship product, Roambi Analytics, is a mobile business intelligence solution that makes company reports and data quick to access and easy to interact with, via immersive dashboard-style analytics on any iPhone or iPad. MeLLmo received $30M in funding from Sequoia Capital in September of 2011.

Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc.
Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), unlocks the marketing power of celebrity through research, endorsements, and interactive experiences. BAT’s research engine provides daily analysis of more than 40,000 celebrities and athletes, and powers BAT’s other offerings. BAT’s Endorsement Platform is used by advertisers to identify, license, and activate the most effective talent for digital and cross-media campaigns, based on brand and targeting considerations. BAT received $20M in financing in August of 2010.

Geodelic, Inc.
Geodelic helps the world’s leading operators and enterprises engage with consumers through flexible offers, rich content, and contextual targeting. The company offers a white-label platform supporting mobile web, desktop web, notifications, and smart phone applications. Geodelic has raised $7M in venture money from MK Capital in June of 2010.

OpenCandy is a software network that enables software developers to distribute their software and earn money in the process. You may have seen OpenCandy as a single user-friendly recommendation screen, or offer, inside of a popular Windows software installer. OpenCandy received $5M in financing from Google Ventures in April of 2010.

Music Mastermind LLC
Music Mastermind (MMM), based in Calabasas, CA, and formed in 2008, is an entertainment software company that is changing the way music is created, shared, and enjoyed. Led by top players in the three very different industries of music, finance, and product engineering, the MMM team comprises musicians and music enthusiasts who are dedicated to taking the joy of music creation global. Music Mastermind received $10.8M in venture funding led by Intel Capital in May of 2011.

On-Ramp Wireless
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. On-Ramp Wireless’ field proven Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) system enables low-power monitoring and control applications within Smart Grid, industrial sensing, and location tracking. The company has raised $4.5M in venture money in June of 2010.

ShowUhow, Inc
Headquartered in San Diego, ShowUhow, Inc. is the developer and provider of the 360⁰ Product Experience Platform that helps manufacturers and retailers reduce support costs, increase sales conversion and improve customer satisfaction by offering a series of on-demand,video-based product guides for every stage of the customer lifestyle: Pre-Sale, Installation, Feedback and Repeat Business through brand loyalty. ShowUhow raised $3M in financing from Syncom Venture Partners in August of 2010.

Webalo, Inc.
Webalo changes the economics of enterprise mobility. It provides the enterprise-to-mobile infrastructure that puts enterprise data and functions on mobile devices 100 times faster than traditional approaches to mobile application development, and it provides personalized mobile capabilities that meet the individual needs of any end user. Webalo received $3M in funding led by Balch Hill Capital in September of 2010.

Predixion Software
Predixion Software, Inc. is the leading provider of collaborative predictive analytics solutions that are fully integrated with Microsoft Corp.’s BI platform – which has the largest install base across the business intelligence landscape. We provide Microsoft BI users with easy-to-deploy, enterprise class predictive analytics in the common interfaces of Excel® 2010 and SharePoint®. The company landed $6M in funding in October of 2011.

MarketShare is an analytics company that enables businesses to grow efficiently by uncovering which actions really drive results. Founded in 2005, MarketShare has a track record of ground-breaking innovations in data, modeling and software and has worked with over half of the Fortune 50. MarketShare's platform provides a combination of technology, data, modeling and business intelligence solutions that lead to improved decision-making, attribution and optimization for businesses. The company landed $32M in financing from Elevation Partners in April of 2011.

Klout measures influence online. When you create content or engage, you impact others. Klout analyzes that impact to find your Klout Score, influential topics, and your influencers. Klout is the standard for influence. Top brands such as Disney, Audi, and Turner use Klout Perks to reach and engage influencers. Over 3,000 applications and partners use Klout data to display Klout Scores, prioritize based on Score or topics, and segment users. Klout has raised $30M in venture money recently led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Clicker is the complete guide to Internet Television. Our mission is to make it simple for you to find the right show, right now. As massive amounts of programming move online, consumers are entering a world of infinite choices, all on-demand. Clicker got a hold of $11M in financing in February of 2010.

scenechronize is a service of Clever Machine, which was founded in 2003 with the mission of making enterprise apps available to organizations of all sizes. Prior to developing scenechronize, Clever Machine was responsible for the applications for a financial services company that manages $10B+ in assets. scenechronize landed $5M in financing in March of 2011.

Phantom Technologies LLC
Founded in 2003, Phantom Technologies Inc. is a global provider of Internet Content Filtering and security solutions. Phantom Technologies takes pride in providing superior Internet Content Filtering products and services homes, businesses, and schools that are effective and easy to use. With over 15,000 appliances shipped worldwide and growing, our patent-pending technology and innovations are leading the path in Internet Content Filtering. The company grew revenues by 117% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $8.2M in 2010.

BlueCava Inc
BlueCava’s device identification enables you to offer that perfect user experience by delivering the right online content and recognizing devices displaying good or bad behavior. Advertising and e-commerce businesses have a far better way to engage consumers by using device identity. Grow your audience, build your online retail business, one device at a time or 200,000,000 at time. Either way, BlueCava has the solution. BlueCava got a hold of $9.5M in venture money from S3 Ventures in October of 2011.

Endeka Group, Inc
Endeka is an end-to-end Wireless Internet Services Provider (WISP) and Managed Services Operator (MSO) for campus/MDU wireless internet systems. The company's engineers and technologists have been building solutions for government and corporate sites since 2004. In funding, design, implementation and 24x7 customer care the firm emphasizes innovative but proven solutions for internet, VoIP and IPTV. Endeka received $4.2M in funding led by Agility Lease Fund-lll LLC in December of 2011.

SteelHouse™ (www.SteelHouse.com) is pioneering the emerging field of Behavioral Commerce, enabling online retailers to deliver offers to their shoppers based on their distinct shopping personalities and buying behaviors – immediately – anywhere on the web through any device. SteelHouse products, Real Time Offers and Retargeting, enable eCommerce sites to direct shopper behavior on and off their sites. The company received $6.3M in funding recently led by Greycroft Partners.
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